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Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie

Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie

Quick, easy, impressive, and oh so good!

I should have called this "Gone to Heaven Pie" instead of "Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie." I just tasted it, and if I must say so myself, I have outdone myself with this creation.

There is a minimum of baking involved to make this outstanding pie. Only the crust is baked. The rest is no-bake and just chill.

This recipe combines the great taste of maple-flavored walnut bits with the creaminess of a maple flavored cheesecake layer. The topping adds an extra bit of flavor and texture.

I will give you some special hints on how to decorate the top to make it look extra festive and special.

I Love the Flavor of Real Maple Syrup

Maple is not just a sweet to me, it's a comfort food. The aroma and taste bring back memories of warm pancakes at breakfast.

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This pie has the flavor of maple and the crunch of walnuts with a creamy maple flavor cream cheese layer.

I always use real maple syrup in the recipe, not the artificially-flavored kind. I don't know how that would work. I use Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese as it has 1/3 less fat.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

40 min

2 hours 20 min

3 hours

6 to 8

Ingredients

  • ready made pie crust
  • 1 -1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar (divided in two)
  • 8 oz (227 gm) Neufchatel or Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz (277gm) frozen non-dairy whipped topping (defrosted)
  • 3 tablespoons maple extract.

Instructions

  1. Place your ready-made pie crust in your pie pan and set aside.
  2. Place chopped walnuts in a mixing bowl.
  3. Over medium heat, melt butter. When melted stir in maple syrup and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Pour this over the walnuts and stir.
  4. Put walnut mixture in the bottom of the pie crust and distribute evenly.
  5. Bake according to pie crust package instructions. Mine called for 9 to 11 minutes at 450 degrees. I baked it for about 10 minutes.
  6. When lightly brown, remove from the oven and let it cool thoroughly.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, add the cheese, whipped topping, maple extract, and a 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat until the maple extract is evenly distributed and the mixture is smooth.
  8. Pour this into the cooled pie shell. Cover. Refrigerate.

Maple Extract Sources

Maple extract may be hard to find. My supermarket discontinued carrying it. It used to be with the spices and vanilla and other extracts. Some of the brands contain alcohol, which may not be acceptable for people with a sensitivity to alcohol.

Sometimes you can find it in health food super stores. The smaller health food stores tend to carry the more common extracts, but they can probably order it for you.

Maple Extract

Decorative Topping on Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie

Decorative Topping on Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie

Decorative Topping

Here's how we finish off our pie and give it a finished professional look. This adds a little extra texture to the pie both visually and on the palate.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • Whipped cream or whipped topping
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 2 drops maple extract

Instructions

  1. Put little puffs of whipped cream around the edge of the pie. Either use a purchased aerosol can or make your own whipped cream and put it in a pastry bag.
  2. Mix maple syrup and maple extract together. Drizzle over the top of the pie.

As always, if you have any questions about the recipes, leave a note. I will get back to you as soon as possible. Comments are always welcome too.

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© 2011 Ellen Gregory

Comments and Questions?

MarcellaCarlton on February 08, 2013:

Oh, I love maple flavored anything. I will try this recipe! Great lens.

maijame on November 26, 2012:

Oh my gosh, I have to try this! Maple is my favorite flavor.

bender2003 on August 29, 2012:

It seems delicious if I ıı improve my skills for desert prep I ll try this recipe asap.

Christine Hulme from SE Kent, England on May 15, 2012:

Yummy- the temptation is too great- I'm going to have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

victoriuh on April 25, 2012:

It looks luscious!

AJ from Australia on April 07, 2012:

I don't have any questions - I think you have this absolutely down pat - thank you and Easter Blessings.

Lauriej1 on April 01, 2012:

Yummy!!! This looks so good!!!

PeterStip on March 20, 2012:

mmm yummy, looks great.big like

anonymous on March 07, 2012:

Oh, my goodness! After chocolate, maple and walnuts are my two favorite things. I'll definitely be making this for our huge annual Easter open house this year.

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on February 25, 2012:

@Commandrix: That's what sisters are for!

Heidi from Benson, IL on February 25, 2012:

Looks delicious. I should show this to my sister, she loves pies like this. Of course, she'll probably blame me for blowing her diet, LOL.

futureme lm on February 23, 2012:

That looks mouthwatering. You are not helping my diet! Great stuff :-)

anonymous on February 11, 2012:

I'll take a piece, please.

julieannbrady on December 09, 2011:

I like nuts [and sometimes I feel like a nut] and I love cream cheese ... this recipe sounds out of this world delicious!

JoshK47 on December 01, 2011:

Sounds absolutely delicious to me! Thanks for sharing!

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on November 22, 2011:

@SusannaDuffy: Alack, in the US we have all sorts of processed, genetically altered and unrecognizable food. Although, whipped topping is not the worse of them. It's basically whipped coconut oil.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on November 22, 2011:

@LiteraryMind: Alas! Not in Australia

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on November 22, 2011:

@SusannaDuffy: Here in the United States frozen whipped topping is sold under the brand name "Cool Whip". It's a non-dairy product that is in the frozen food section of the supermarket -- usually near the frozen pies. You could probably use whipped cream but it wouldn't be that stable if there were leftovers stored in the refrigerator.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on November 22, 2011:

I'm going to search the shops near me to see if I can find maple extract. I don't know what frozen whipped topping is either, but I MUST make this incredible Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie!

Odille Rault from Gloucester on November 21, 2011:

This sounds absolutely fabulous! I can taste it just from looking at the photos and reading the recipe lol. I'm going to have to try making it! Blessed. :)

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on November 17, 2011:

OMG, this sounds amazing! congrats on being on the Monsterboard too!